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A few good things

First and most importantly, mom had her surgery on Tuesday, and everything is fine. The mass was a large cyst on one ovary, and the other one was in the process of growing two more cysts. So they took those out and sent her home. Her biggest complaint was the sore throat from the breathing tube. It remains to be seen what, if anything, they can do about her back pain. I hope there’s a plan, because it is restricting her mobility to almost nothing.

On Thursday, the chimney company came back out in the morning. This time we got Dave, who is their chief engineer. This is the guy that the boys had been trying to get over to the house during the original attempt – unfortunately he was stuck at another job site that day. He walked around the stack downstairs and upstairs so get a feel for the structure, and took out one of the patches to get a look at what was going on inside. He was prepared to run a scope down the flue if needed, but it turned out not to be necessary. His first comment was one of those ones designed to make your blood run cold: “this isn’t to code.” Code requires that flues have no angles greater than thirty degrees, and ours is far beyond thirty degrees. He kept shaking his head and saying how surprised he was that we haven’t had difficulties with the boiler. After a fair bit of poking around he said that while he understands exactly why the boys panicked, it wasn’t going to be that big a job (in scope.) It’s going to be a big job, i.e. it’s going to take all day, but it’s not going to be a big deal. They’ll need to get an angle fitting for us, and they’ll need to take out a large section of brick in the kitchen – twenty or thirty bricks worth. They’ll hammer out the existing flue tiles which will give them more room, then they’ll drop the liner in two pieces – the roof to the bed, and the bend to the basement. As a plus, once the old flue tiles are removed it will give them the room to smooth out that angle so that it meets code. Then they’ll close the wall back up and we’ll be good to go. Who knows – this could end up being good for our boiler if it improves the draw. He also offered that if we have some extra floor tiles, he’ll have the boys pop out the broken tiles by the wall (they’ve been like that) and set the new ones in place as long as they’re there with all the right tools. I’ll go get some floor tiles.

So that’s a relief. I think I’m going to take a vacation that day to stay home and supervise, though. I can putter around the house to the sound of a concerto for  jackhammers.



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Jun. 19th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Good news then on both fronts. I'll continue to pray for your Mom's recovery and relief from the back problem.
Jun. 19th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
>this isn't to code
OY! I think a vacation day is a good idea--if you do go to the office, would you be able to concentrate on anything??
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